Jackie & Steve's "Joyride in an Old Chevelle" getaway wedding #Real Weddings: Southern US#barbecue#beach#classic car#eloping#florida#hat#key west#short hair February 4 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by Tom Flip The offbeat bride: Jackie, Museum Site Manager Her offbeat partner: Steve, Audio Engineer Location & date of wedding: Smathers Beach in Key West, Florida on May 20th, 2008 What made our wedding offbeat: Our first vacation as a couple was Key West, FL. We made a promise at the end of our stay that we would return and get married on the beach. But we didn't want to spend a lot of cash on sharing a few words and signing some papers. We wanted a quick getaway. We booked a local to perform the wedding and had a veteran take some shots of the ceremony for our families we left behind. Once the uncomfortable "I-Do's" were over, I hopped on the back of our scooter and headed to Duval Street in my $99 dollar David's Bridal dress to score as much free booze and cigars as I could get. We later toured Key West in an old Chevelle with our photographer Tom Flip in tow. He took pictures of us at the graveyard, Blue Heaven (an old brothel now converted into the locals favorite food joint) and in a church parking lot. Our getaway wedding was everything we wanted. Basically, we had the honeymoon first. We didn't feel married until we flew home and threw our party. We rented a lake house in New Hampshire and had a 3-day BBQ for our families to meet. I wore sweats when I cut our cake! Our biggest challenge: We paid for the wedding ourselves, but budget was the not the biggest challenge. Planning a destination wedding has its perks, but the hardest part is not being there. We were fortunate to have such a talented photographer that really saw our vision. The trash the dress photos were a very important part of our wedding. I choose to pack my dress in a hard-shell suitcase which (OF COURSE) didn't arrive to our hotel until 30 hours later. My favorite moment: When we pulled the Chevelle into a church parking lot. We took pictures under the street lights. It was about 11pm at night. I understood this was the last that I'd wear this silly dress, and it made me kind of sad. At the same moment, the Priest walked out back to greet us and blessed our union. My offbeat advice: Pack a sundress like I did just in case the airline loses your luggage! Also, invest in the right photographer. I called photographers for quotes and I would explain that it was a private ceremony no guests and it was as if they weren't even listening. "Ok, so you'll need a package to snap pictures of your family and his"… I NEVER REALIZED before but wedding photos are so very, very important. You should make them something you want to see and share again and again. Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: Click the photo below for some killer shots of Jackie & Steve's destination wedding spectacular! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Christine & Matthew's Good Vibes Anything Goes Wedding NEXT Getting your offbeat groom involved Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] […] Credit: Jupiter4JackieÂ via Offbeat Bride […] Reply I love this wedding. And love the pictures! So personal and perfect! Reply Working the dress for free booze and cigars? Genius! 1 agrees Reply Unique pictures! I think they're amazing and you two look amazing in them! Reply I love the pictures of the rings. So many people overlook this very important (to me anyways) part of the wedding. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.